Chirstian Care Ministry
Caring is about sharing as well as caring. Do you have crutches, walkers,
wheelchairs, canes, etc. in good working order that you would be willing to
lend to someone in our church family who has a need for them for a
short time? Should you have such items or any questions please call
Sue Taylor (673-1329) or Eleanor Guthrie (673-1164). Let’s all help this sister
ministry for those within our own church.
Once again WEUMC will join with other Churches in our community to participate in a STOP HUNGER NOW packaging event. It will be Saturday, September 10th 9:00 – 11:30 am at the Crawford Center of the West End Presbyterian Church. Last year our combined efforts raised about $18,540 and with about 200 volunteers, we were able to package more than 63,500 meals in 2 hours! Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency which coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in impoverished areas all over the world. Meals are also distributed for disaster relief when needed. A meal pack contains rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals, each containing six servings. Volunteers included individuals of all ages, families with children as young as four years, Scout groups, Youth groups and members of the community.
Mission Outreach – Flower Sales
Many thanks to everyone who purchased plants this Spring, gave donations and helped. We added $868.50 to the Peru Missions Fund. Next year we’ll make sure we have more hanging plants on hand as those went quickly.
Our Fall Pansy Sale will be in September with pick-up being on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. This year we will be adding mums to our sale. We got a lot of comments about not having the Pansy Sale last fall, so we wanted to give plenty of notice about this Fall’s sale.
Family Promise Update
As a Support Congregation, we have, for many years, helped West End and Jackson Springs Presbyterian Churches when they have been host churches for Family Promise of Moore County. Several members of our church have volunteers in various capacities: as van drivers, meal providers, evening hosts and overnight hosts. Family Promise has now moved into their new house in Aberdeen. It is a very nice facility and will accommodate the staff and the client families. How wonderful that the mothers and their children will have a more stable environment and will not have to move to a different Church each week! Due to the distance to Aberdeen, we will no longer be helping out. Thanks to all, however, for your wonderful support and involvement.
The Missions Team collected and provided supplies for UMCOR Health Kits. These health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes. They are distributed globally.
Food Pantry Ministry
The WEUMC Food Pantry is our largest outreach ministry. More than 30 people regularly help to provide a large box of food bi-weekly to about 200 needy families. More than $40,000 is donated by our church and other sources to support this ministry. (see also the Food Pantry Website Tab)
Help for Local Homeless
For many years Brenda and Ron Burt have been doing an incredible job helping homeless people through their mission organization God Sent Angels. We had a recent opportunity to help in a very tangible way by providing goody bags for homeless Veterans. Currently we, along with other local churches, are providing meals, food and necessities to homeless people and families in the area. Saturday, August 20 our youth and others will be joining and going on Robbins Outreach for needy families.
As part of our Take Action project, Girl Scout Troop 893 helped Brenda Burt and the God Sent Angels make up over 100 "Blessings Bags" for the homeless veterans and the "Stand Down" event. The girls had so much fun we are planning on doing it again soon.
As always, thank you for your mission hearts!